September 15, 2014
"… might lead you to interpret ambiguous facial expressions as smiles in the one condition and as something else in the other"

Psych textbook

LOL I just imagined like a bunch of ambiguous facial expressions

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September 8, 2014
"The human being, as far as any human being can tell, is the only creature that contemplates itself."

— Grey, The History and Scope of Psychology, 4th Edition

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September 5, 2014
"The current system of control
depends on black exceptionalism; it is not disproved or undermined by it. Others may wonder
how a racial caste system could exist when most Americans—of all colors—oppose race
discrimination and endorse colorblindness. Yet as we shall see in the pages that follow, racial
caste systems do not require racial hostility or overt bigotry to thrive. They need only racial
indifference, as Martin Luther King Jr. warned more than forty-five years ago"

— the new jim crow, alexander michelle

September 4, 2014
did not deter crime significantly, many experts concluded. Those who had meaningful economic
and social opportunities were unlikely to commit crimes regardless of the penalty, while those
who went to prison were far more likely to commit crimes again in the future"

— the new jim crow

September 4, 2014

The impact of the drug war has been astounding. In less than thirty years, the U.S penal
population exploded from around 300,000 to more than 2 million, with drug convictions
accounting for the majority of the increase.7 The United States now has the highest rate of
incarceration in the world, dwarfing the rates of nearly every developed country, even
surpassing those in highly repressive regimes like Russia, China, and Iran. In Germany, 93 
people are in prison for every 100,000 adults and children. In the United States, the rate is
roughly eight times that, or 750 per 100,000.8
The racial dimension of mass incarceration is its most striking feature. No other country in
the world imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities. The United States imprisons a
larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid. In
Washington, D.C., our nation’s capitol, it is estimated that three out of four young black men
(and nearly all those in the poorest neighborhoods) can expect to serve time in prison.9 Similar
rates of incarceration can be found in black communities across America.

These stark racial disparities cannot be explained by rates of drug crime. Studies show that
people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs at remarkably similar rates.10 If there are significant
differences in the surveys to be found, they frequently suggest that whites, particularly white
youth, are more likely to engage in drug crime than people of color.11


— the new jim crow, intro

September 3, 2014
"A black man was on his knees in the
gutter, hands cuffed behind his back, as several police officers stood around him talking, joking,
and ignoring his human existence. People poured out of the building; many stared for a moment
at the black man cowering in the street, and then averted their gaze. What did the election of
Barack Obama mean for him?"

— The New Jim Crow, Introduction

September 3, 2014
"What has changed since the collapse of Jim Crow has less to do with the basic structure of
our society than with the language we use to justify it. In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer
socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and
social contempt. So we don’t. Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to
label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind.
Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once
legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of
discrimination— employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote,
denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion
from jury service—are suddenly legal. As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and
arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have
not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it."

— The New Jim Crow, Alexander Michelle

August 31, 2014
"…inability to make use of one’s own understanding without direction from another…self-incurred when its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! Have courage to make use of your own understanding! is thus the motto of enlightement."

— Immanuel Kant - What is Enlightenment?

August 2, 2014
… they moved in ominous circles, for if one said “here.” the other said “there,” and the third agreed perfectly with both of them. And, since they always settled their differences by doing what none of them really wanted, they rarely got anywhere at all-

… they moved in ominous circles, for if one said “here.” the other said “there,” and the third agreed perfectly with both of them. And, since they always settled their differences by doing what none of them really wanted, they rarely got anywhere at all-

August 1, 2014
the phantom tollbooth

the phantom tollbooth